|SAN FRANCISCO ( SAMARDZIJA )|
WASHINGTON ( JACKSON )
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-48||-23.1||36-34||4.1||0.246||0.302||0.376||0.679||5.0||0.280||0.336||0.448||0.785|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||4-2||5.0||0.265||0.323||0.415||0.737||2.9||0.231||0.282||0.328||0.610|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-37||0||46-40||5.6||0.275||0.342||0.454||0.796||4.6||0.244||0.308||0.408||0.716|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||3-3||5.1||0.281||0.346||0.437||0.783||3.6||0.224||0.292||0.386||0.678|
|7/29/2017||BLACH(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||1-2||L||255||8.5 ov||U||4||5||0||8||6||1|
|7/30/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-3||L||140||8 un||U||10||5||0||11||15||0|
|7/31/2017||CAIN(R)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||5-8||L||135||9.5 ev||O||11||6||0||12||11||0|
|8/1/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||10-4||W||110||8 ev||O||14||8||1||7||5||1|
|8/7/2017||MOORE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-5||L||+165||8 ev||P||9||7||0||12||9||1|
|8/8/2017||BLACH(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||6-3||W||+175||7.5 un||O||9||5||2||8||7||1|
|8/9/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||6||0|
|8/12/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||MOORE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|8/14/2017||BLACH(L)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/31/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||1-0||W||-125||9 un||U||3||3||0||2||4||1|
|8/1/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ MIAMI||O'GRADY(L)||6-7||L||-210||8 un||O||11||7||0||9||5||0|
|8/2/2017||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||WORLEY(R)||0-7||L||-110||9.5 ev||U||4||1||1||10||8||0|
|8/4/2017||ROARK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||4-2||W||155||9 un||U||7||5||0||6||7||0|
|8/5/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||4-7||L||150||11 ev||P||7||8||1||9||3||2|
|8/6/2017||FEDDE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||9-4||W||182||9.5 un||O||10||4||0||10||7||2|
|8/12/2017||JACKSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||STRASBURG(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||ROARK(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
Manager: Dusty Baker (second season)
Who's new? CF Adam Eaton, C Matt Wieters, 1B Adam Lind, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Joe Blanton
Who's gone? CF Ben Revere, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Projected lineup: CF Adam Eaton (.284, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB with White Sox), SS Trea Turner (.342, 13, 40, 33), 2B Daniel Murphy (.347, 25, 104), RF Bryce Harper (.243, 24, 86, 21 SB), 3B Anthony Rendon (.270, 20, 85), LF Jayson Werth (.244, 21, 69), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.218, 15, 46) or Adam Lind (.239, 20, 58 with Mariners), C Matt Wieters (.243, 17, 66 with Orioles)
Rotation: RH Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), RH Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83), LH Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57), RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.60), RH Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43)
Key relievers: RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 2.64), RH Joe Blanton (7-2, 2.48), RH Blake Treinen (4-1, 2.28), LH Sammy Solis (2-4, 2.41), RH Trevor Gott (0-0, 1.50), LH Oliver Perez (2-3, 4.95), LH Enny Romero (2-0, 5.91 with Rays)
Hot spots: First base and closer. Zimmerman posted a career-low .642 OPS last season and was often spelled by left-handed hitter Clint Robinson. Now 32, Zimmerman must prove he's worthy of regular playing time. Robinson and free-agent pickup Lind are next in line. The ninth inning could be a committee job too, though it's never been the Nationals' preferred method. After Kenley Jansen spurned D.C. for less money in L.A., their choices were limited. Kelley and Blanton have never closed in a combined 20 seasons in the majors, but both were stalwart set-up men last season. Joe Nathan and his 377 career saves are also in camp on a minor-league deal.
Outlook: Trading former top prospect Lucas Giolito to the White Sox for Eaton signaled the Nationals' championship ambitions. Their five-game loss to the Dodgers last October marked the third time in five years they've fallen just short of the NLCS. Washington begins the season with some familiar weapons ' a dangerous heart of the lineup, an experienced bench and exceptional starting pitching. Eaton is a huge upgrade over Revere at the plate, but Wieters will be pressed to replace Ramos' 3.5 wins above replacement (via FanGraphs). Failing to sign a marquee closer could prove fatal if Kelley, Nathan or someone else can't hold down the ninth inning.
|Start of Giants-Nats series pushed back by rain|
WASHINGTON -- The opener of a three-game series between the last-place San Francisco Giants and first-place Washington Nationals was rained out Friday night, meaning the start of the series is pushed back to Saturday.
Friday's game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
The Giants (46-70) are making their only trip of the year to Washington. The Nationals are 68-45.
Edwin Jackson (2-2, 3.75 ERA with Washington) was slated to face Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63) of the Giants in the pitching matchup Friday, and both will start Saturday.
Jackson is 4-4 with a 5.03 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) against the Giants. He was 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts last year against San Francisco. Stratton will face the Nationals for the first time.
Jeff Samardzija (7-11, 4.75 ERA), originally slated to pitch for the Giants on Saturday, would most likely pitch one of the games Sunday.
The rain delayed for a day a possible meeting between Giants right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland and Washington right fielder Bryce Harper.
Strickland drilled Harper with a pitch in April and Harper charged the mound, resulting in a brawl and suspensions for both players.
"I didn't even think about it, really," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Friday. "I mean, that's a long time. But there was a long time between the playoffs and last time. So who knows? It's kind of on him. Bryce, he's not pitching. There's nothing that we can do to him, because he probably won't get an at-bat. So what are you going to do?"
Baker was referring to the 2014 playoffs when Harper went deep against Strickland.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that he would not hesitate to use Strickland to face Harper if need be this weekend.
What about the April fight?
"I forgot about it before you brought it up," Bochy told a reporter Friday.
Giants closer Mark Melancon (right pronator strain) was with the team Friday in Washington and Bochy said "he could be activated Saturday."
The former Washington closer threw one inning and fanned two on Wednesday for Class A Advanced San Jose in a minor league rehab outing.
It was his fourth rehab appearance overall, with three coming with San Jose and one with Triple-A Sacramento. He is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA with 11 saves in 22 games this year for the Giants.
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt (seven-day concussion) did not travel with team this weekend and there is no timetable for his return, according to the Giants. He is hitting .241 in 104 games with 18 homers. Belt is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday.
Giants left-hander Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88) was originally slated to start Sunday against the Nationals. He could now pitch one of the two games Sunday.
Washington has benefited in the last few weeks from new relievers Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler. "You feel a lot more comfortable," Baker said of the trio, all of whom having closing experience.
NOTES: Giants LF Jarrett Parker was set to play in his first game at Nationals Park before the rainout. He grew up in nearby Stafford, Va., and played at the University of Virginia. ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy spent part of his youth in Falls Church, Va. ... Washington manager Dusty Baker was the skipper of the Giants from 1993 to 2002 and won 840 games there. ... Nationals bench coach Chris Speier is a former shortstop for the Giants, with stints from 1971 to 1977 and 1987 to 1989.
|Last Updated: 8/20/2017 12:34:55 PM EST|